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Five Weeks of Virtual Town Halls

On Disrupting Systemic Racism &

Envisioning the Nation Beyond It


A WNET Summit

Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm

April 28-May 26, 2021




What have the first two decades of the 21stCentury taught us about systemic racism in the United States, and what new visions of democracy and racial justice are needed to reclaim, revitalize, and redefine the AmericanDream?

New American Dream is a five-week series of virtual forums that will gather thought leaders from across the country to discuss the impact of white supremacy and state-backed racism on America today. The event will also explore ways tomake the nation’s policies and culture more accountable toits democratic ideals.


The summit will examine systemic racism in relation to five pillars of contemporary society: voting rights, technoscience, journalism, antiracism, and cultural narrative. The focus is on strategies and solidarity, with anunderstanding of history and eyes toward the future.


New American Dream is presented by WNET, America’s flagship PBS station, as the second in a series of virtual town halls curated to engage diverse communities around issuesthat affect the lives of people throughout New York City andacross the United States.


Curated by Brian Tate


Wednesday, April 28


Campaigns to Build and Diversify Political Power

A conversation with Christine Chen, Maria Teresa Kumar,Afaf Nasher, Esq., Kimberly Peeler-Allen, and Allie Young (Diné). Moderated by Brian Tate.

Opening performance by Danny Simmons Jr.

Wednesday, May 5

REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN: Conceiving a FutureForged With Antiracist Technology

A conversation with Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, NicoleMartinez-Martin, PD, PhD, Mutale Nkonde, Roya Pakzad, and Dr. Kim TallBear (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate). Moderated by Karen Hao.

Opening performance by Vernon Reid.

Wednesday, May 12

NEWS THAT NEEDS TELLING: Journalism ThatInvestigates Injustice and Examines Black Power

A conversation with Rhema Bland, Vanessa K. De Luca,Kali Holloway, Patrice Peck, and Wendi C. Thomas.

Moderated by Greg Tate. Opening performance by LizaJessie Peterson.

Wednesday, May 19

TURNED AGAINST THE TIDE: Heeding the Callof White Antiracism

A conversation with Gregg August, Sara Donnelly, Merrill Garbus, Karen Pittelman, and Dan Zanes. Moderated byGinny Suss. Opening performance by Ailish Hopper.

Wednesday, May 26


the New American Dream

A conversation with Cathy Park Hong, Robert Jones, Jr., Laila Lalami, Valeria Luiselli, and Tommy Orange(Cheyenne and Arapaho). Moderated by Lisa Lucas.Opening performance by Sandra Lilia Velasquez.



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